Community and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
By making social investments and forming partnerships with organizations, we provide access to our industry for those who might otherwise be overlooked. These efforts create significant opportunities in the short term and nurture future generations.
Our Commitment to Community
Our intention is to direct more than 50% of our annual charitable giving to programs serving underrepresented communities, and to spend at least $1 billion with diverse suppliers by 2024.
Authentic Representation in Media & Entertainment
We are committed to reimagining tomorrow by supporting organizations that advance authentic representation of underrepresented communities across creative content, news, experiences and products. We also support efforts to track industry progress towards increased representation in media and entertainment.
Mental Health Media Guide
Disney joined the Mental Health Storytelling Coalition with leading media companies and mental health experts in debuting a Mental Health Media Guide in recognition of the powerful role storytelling can play in addressing mental health challenges.
IllumiNative Media Guide
Disney sponsored the creation of IllumiNative’s industry guide, THE TIME IS NOW: The Power of Native Representation in Entertainment to serve as an entertainment industry resource to develop accurate stories and characters by and about Native people in television, film and other forms of media.
NALIP Producers Pipeline Program
Disney is a founding sponsor of the groundbreaking National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) pipeline program, an industry incubator which addresses the underrepresentation of Hispanic/Latinx creatives in the entertainment industry. This unique multi-studio partnership pairs seasoned producers with fellows in the program for mentorship and development of the next generation of Hispanic/Latinx producers.
Pillars Muslim Artist Database
The Walt Disney Company collaborated with the Pillars Fund on the launch of the Pillars Muslim Artist Database, a new personnel database for Muslims in film. The database includes profiles for actors, directors, cinematographers, sound technicians, and other Muslim professionals working in the filmmaking industry in the United States. The network allows directors, producers, and casting directors to search the profiles and invite artists to collaborate on their projects.
“It is a time of transformational change and we are committed to partnering with outstanding community organizations to create more authentic, inclusive representation in media and increase the diversity of the next generation of storytellers.”
Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Market
Empowering the Next Generation of Storytellers and Innovators
Disney is committed to increasing access and opportunity to those who want to improve our world. We invest in programs that inspire youth to explore the possibilities of science, technology, engineering, math, visual and performing arts and storytelling. Through these transformative youth programs, Disney is helping the next generation of innovators and storytellers create the future they imagine.
Increasing Access & Opportunity
We are committed to advancing equity, access and economic opportunity in the industries and business communities in which we operate. We do this by investing in organizations dedicated to equal representation and access for underrepresented communities in the workforce.
Some of the organizations we support include:
- Out & Equal
- Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
- Student Veterans of America
Shred Hate / Choose Kindness
Bullying occurs at all stages of life whether in the schoolyard, on the street, or on social media. The Shred Hate campaign at ESPN and Choose Kindness campaign at Disney and ABC encourages kids, families, and communities around the country to stand up for others, respect one another, and choose kindness to put an end to bullying.
In 2021, we set a goal to spend at least $1 billion annually with diverse suppliers by 2024. Reaching this goal would place Disney among the top U.S. companies spending with diverse suppliers and impact the communities where we do business by creating jobs and opportunities. Disney was named “Corporation of the Year” by both the National Minority Supplier Development Council and Asian Business Association of Los Angeles for exemplary achievement and advancements in diverse supplier inclusion.
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